Because of the
account book, we know that John Partridge Bull became a blacksmith
with a specialty in gunsmithing. We also know, from historical study,
that apprenticeships for the trades began when boys approached the
age of 12. Furthermore, with John Partridge Bull's family now settled
in Hatfield, Massachusetts, it's likely that his apprenticeship
How do we find
out for sure? Well, the investigation takes us into the records
of surrounding towns...
down John Partridge Bull's Apprenticeship:
The most pre-eminent
gunsmith in all of western Massachusetts was Seth Pomeroy, in Northampton,
a descendant of a long line of gunsmiths beginning in Dorset, England
in 1636. In order for us to see whether Bull had apprenticed with
Pomeroy, we need to find a connection between the two individuals
during the right timeframe (before Bull had developed his own shop).
is found, along with 28 other names, as part of a group who "went
to Deerfield August 1748." The leader of the group,
the commander of the troop, was Lieutenant Seth Pomeroy (1706 -
1777). In 1748, Bull would have been seventeen years old. This would
probably have been his first opportunity to enlist. By serving under
Pomeroy as an enlisted man, Bull would be serving under a man whom
he already regarded as a leader.
referenced in Robert E. McKay, ed. Massachusetts Soldiers in
the French and Indian Wars, 1744 - 1755. New England Genealogical
Society, 1978. p. 64.
We also find
a connection between Seth Pomeroy and John Partridge Bull in Pomeroy's
account books. At the age of 21, in 1752, Bull's name appears as
the individual settling an account for Oliver Partridge, Bull's
from Account books of Seth Pomeroy, Northampton Historical Society
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